SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
VOL 19 NO 3
Martin Sinai Rayman
to Vicky & Steve for inviting us all to Pebble Beach for a weekend of
motoring, food and socializing.
took it as an excuse for a weekend away. Not wanting to subject
ourselves to the drive down and back in our ’53 TD, we drove the 2012 Mini
roadster, (adding 460 miles. Now has only 15,600 miles Rod), made in Britain
and sporting an MGOC decal.
We stopped for lunch at the Zero - 3 cafe in the Half Moon Bay Airport. A
mustang was nice enough to take off for us after lunch. And then, we
stopped to marvel at whales having a good old time.
The traffic through Santa Cruz was terrible, the sun was hot and would have been abysmal in the TD. Again, in Capitola the traffic was stop & go. Having no rush, we stopped for coffee in Soquel.
we got to the Olympic Inn in Pacific Grove, the Mini was right at home
chatting it up with it's British cousins. What, what?
at Monterey’s Crown & Anchor was perfect and a wonderful way to get
acquainted and reacquainted with the MG’ers.
wee hours of the morning (7:30), were greeted with much appreciated coffee,
donuts, fresh fruit & a beautifully done binder with the routes and
other tidbits, at the Kellogg homestead on Huckleberry Hill. Also, it
was nice to access the info. on line before the weekend. Good job
Steve & Vicky!!
we were driving, Naomi had read the section “From the PINE TREES to the
CORKSCREW-The Beginnings of Road Racing on the Monterey Peninsula.” When
Steve had us start at the Equestrian Center and proceed around what was the
old race course, we were ready.
to us, on the Monterey Peninsula, were all the round-a-bouts. They
were reminiscent of motoring in England. But did you know that the
first traffic circle, in the world, was Columbus Circle in Manhattan circa
1905, two years before the one around the Arch de Triumph in Paris? William
P. Eno, in addition to the rotary traffic plan, designed the stop sign,
one-way street, taxi stand & pedestrian safety islands!
the pause that refreshes, at the Cross Roads Starbucks, a bunch of intrepids
were soon on the lovely drive to Mission Soledad.
there were four to enjoy to drive through Salinas Valley to Marina State
drove to Carmel & had lunch at La Bicyclette & then wandered around
Carmel for a while. The mussels were the special of the day and they were
scrumptious. We visited the Winfield Gallery, a favorite of ours. In
addition to owning a Karen Shapiro ceramic piece (Blue Dot photo flashbulbs)
we got to see a wonderful exhibit, that was up, by the International Guild
Kelloggs treated us to an indoor/outdoor taco bar dinner. All the time
we were at the Kelloggs, in the morning and again in the evening a video
about automobile racing in Pebble Beach, “Racing Through the Forest” was
playing. Then we were treated to a professionally done presentation by
our own Dan Shockey, “Pebble
Beach Races, 1950 to 1956.” Dan even did overlays of maps.
of sweet, we stopped at the Ice Cream Shoppe in Pacific Grove on the way
home to ogle the Beatles paraphernalia and have some Lappert’s ice cream.
few folks had bagels and lox with all the fixin’s at the Kelloggs on
Huckleberry Hill, Sunday morning.
& Joan Bertolotti told us of a way to avoid Santa Cruz’ heavy
Sunday traffic, on our way up to Hwy 17. The Soquel - San Jose Road is
a beaut to motor. The unexpected appearance of Casalegno’s was a
perfect stop for café macchiatos.
again found at a new spot, The Saltroot Café only open for six months, on
California St. in SF.
in time to watch the season opener of “This Is Us.”
again Steve & Vicky!